Ultra Violet  

Economic Benefits

The PAAR facility contributes to the economic well-being of Ohio, the region, and the nation by allowing OSU researchers to:

  • Proactively address serious problems facing the food and agriculture industry by developing new methods, approaches, treatments, vaccines, and genetically resistant animals and plants.

  • Reduce economic losses from infectious diseases of plants and animals, which annually cost producers $18 billion and $30 billion, respectively.

  • Tackle diseases and pests that require research in a BSL-3 or BSL-3 Ag facility, including avian influenza, soybean rust, and emerald ash borer.

  • Increase revenue from new grants and potential inventions and intellectual property resulting from PAAR research.

Organizational Benefits

Construction of the PAAR facility was an important goal for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), the CFAES Wooster Campus and The Ohio State University in building academic and research excellence. Among other benefits, PAAR contributes to:

  • Building a world-class faculty, enhancing OSU's ability to hire competitive faculty in infectious diseases of food-producing animals and plants.

  • Developing academic programs that define Ohio State as the nation’s leading public land-grant institution, as PAAR will become the centerpiece for multidisciplinary programs related to infectious diseases of animals and plants at CFAES Wooster and the university at large.

  • Boosting the quality of the teaching and the learning environment to prepare the next generation of infectious-disease professionals.

  • Fostering further collaborations between CFAES and the College of Veterinary Medicine and OSU College of Medicine.